Visual Arts News from the Vancouver Art Gallery Library, July 8, 2015


Art from the Archive: Mungo Martin and the original Totem Park at UBC. When he was at work carving a totem pole, Mungo Martin usually sang a song. Sometimes it was out loud and sometimes to himself. If it wasn’t a general work song, it was the song associated with the figure he was carving. If someone asked what he was singing, he often explained by adding a dance step that accompanied both the song and the figure. Art Seen, Vancouver Sun (Blog), July 1, 2015

Art this week: Garry Winogrand, with Larry Clark and Mungo Thomson. Opening this week are: Garry Winogrand, with Larry Clark: Women are better than men. Not only have they survived, they do prevail, at Monte Clark Gallery and Mungo Thomson, Time, People, Money, Crickets at the Contemporary Art Gallery. Vancouver Sun, July 7, 2015


War artist joins international art gallery exhibit in Penticton. Alex Harding MacKay, who is displaying his work as part of a larger groundbreaking exhibit at the Penticton Art Gallery, has seen much more than the average citizen. Penticton Western News, July 7, 2015


“Picturing the Americas”: An Incomplete Image at the Art Gallery of Ontario. “Picturing the Americas: Landscape Painting from Tierra del Fuego to the Arctic” displayed Canadian art of the past alongside 19th- and 20th-century examples from the United States, Mexico and the countries of Central and South America to identify the similarities and differences among the lands and peoples of the so-called New World. Canadian Art, July 8, 2015

Public Studio Turns Images into Witnesses at O’Born Contemporary. At “The Accelerators,” the recent exhibition at Toronto’s O’Born Contemporary by local duo Public Studio (Tamira Sawatzky and Elle Flanders), history was a web, a flock, a knot. Canadian Art, July 7, 2015

Art mirrors life in our commuting misery: Keenan. I pretty much hate Zones of Immersion, the new mural on the renovated platform at Union Station officially unveiled last week. Toronto Star, July 7, 2015


Ottawa Art Gallery fundraiser fuelled by art on paper. Works of art that are on, or of, paper are the focus of a new exhibition at Wall Space Gallery that will raise money for the Ottawa Art Gallery. Ottawa Citizen, July 6, 2015


Unexpected cuts stir up Quebec artist groups. Last week the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec, a provincial agency that provides funding to artists, announced it was cutting $2.5 million from its new annual $107 million budget. Montreal Gazette, July 7, 2015

Los Angeles

Both a Buyer and Lender Be: Eli Broad on His Personal Collection and New Museum A collector with an eye to the future. ARTnews, July 8, 2015


Boston’s Museum Of Fine Arts Cancels “Kimono Wednesdays” After Protests The museum said it had hoped to create an “interactive experience,” helping museum goers appreciate the rich details, embroidery and fine materials of the garments. It said similar events took place when the painting, depicting a woman in a kimono, travelled throughout Japan for an exhibition. But protesters have held signs at the Boston museum’s events, calling them “racist” and “imperialist.” Boston Globe, July 7, 2015


Delaware Art Museum’s Deaccession Gambit Didn’t Pay Off So Well The plan was to sell four works – including a Calder, a Wyeth, and a Winslow Homer – for $30 million or so, using the money to retire the debt from a 2005 expansion and add $10 million to the endowment. But that isn’t quite how it worked out. The News Journal (Wilmington, Del.) July 4, 2015

New York

Metropolitan Museum plans major Fontana show for 2017 Italian artist’s New York survey could be in the Met Breuer. The Art Newspaper, July 8, 2015

How ‘third-party partners’ helped Christie’s record-breaking New York auction Complex system of guarantees behind sale of key works including $81.9m Rothko. The Art Newspaper, July 7, 2015

New York View chronicles three decades of art designed for transit commuters. New York View, the main summer show at the Society of Illustrators’s Museum of American Illustration, in Manhattan, tells the neighbourhood stories, memories and processes of the artists responsible for the public works that surrounds (and often depict) these millions of distracted commuters. Globe & Mail, July 7, 2015

Washington, D. C.

Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden Acquires A Dozen New Works Coinciding with the release of a quasi-confession from Bill Cosby, whose art collection is on view until early 2016 at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African art, the Smithsonian’s Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden announced Tuesday the acquisition of new works. ARTnews, July 8, 2015

Smithsonian on Cosby: ‘The Museum in No Way Condones This Behavior’ The Smithsonian was criticized when their National Museum of African Art opened a show last November entitled “Conversations: African and African American Artworks in Dialogue,” due to the participation of Bill Cosby, who donated many artworks from his personal collection for the exhibition. Artnews, July 7, 2015


The Many Contradictions of Mona Hatoum A solo exhibition at the Pompidou Center in Paris offers a broad look at the British-Palestinian artist’s work. New York Times, July 8, 2015


Samuel Leuenberger Tapped as New Curator for Parcours Section of Art Basel Art Basel has named independent Swiss curator Samuel Leuenberger as the curator of its Parcours section, which is devoted to site-specific works that engage with the city of Basel. ARTnews, July 8, 2015


Almost A Third Of The Great Wall Of China Has Disappeared – So Far “About 2,000 kilometers, or 30%, of the ancient fortification built in the Ming Dynasty era has disappeared due to natural erosion and human damage … And the situation could worsen, experts are warning, as not enough is being done to preserve what remains.” CNN, July 2, 2015


Rare Book Theft Is A Big Problem, And Booksellers Are Complicit “Spectacular recent heists from European libraries have exposed something rotten at the heart of the international rare book trade. … What has stunned the book world is not just the scale of the thefts, but how easily the stolen goods were fenced and resold.” The Economist, July 2, 2015

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